New Chair of Kyaukphyu SEZ Wary of Chinese Loans

YANGON — Myanmar will endeavor to take on no loans from China to complete the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) but would offer the developer no sovereign guarantees to mitigate risk if it does, said the project’s new chairman, seeking to allay fears of a debt trap. Sean Turnell, an economic adviser to State Counselor […]

Myanmar witnesses more development during incumbent gov’t: survey

YANGON, July 1 (Xinhua) — Myanmar has witnessed improvement of living condition during the last two years of the government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday. With the cooperation of the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank, a government survey was conducted […]

Govt Investment Body to Share Regulations for Companies Law Soon

YANGON — The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) said it would release regulations relating to the new Companies Law before it takes effect on Aug. 1 with instructions on electronic registration, company constitutions and capital structures. “We submitted the regulations to the [government’s] Economic Committee already; the cabinets will review it later,” said […]

Massive Yangon City Expansion Renders Naypyitaw Pointless

Myanmar’s business capital of Yangon will see a massive expansion to accommodate its growing population and make the city more business-friendly and livable, the regional government said. This will make custom-built capital Naypyitaw, located 367 kilometers in the north in the middle of nowhere, an even more pointless city, observers noted. The New Yangon City […]

Myanmar devises roadmap for expansion of Yangon city

YANGON, June 24 (Xinhua) — Myanmar’s Yangon regional government has formed a new firm to draw up a roadmap to undertake expansion of the financial center to make it a business-friendly and livable city. The first and second phases of the huge project of the New Yangon City Development Company (NYCDC), which is fully owned […]

Next finance minister expected to rescue confidence, speed up bank reforms

The government has to find someone who can pick up the baton swiftly and restore confidence to an increasingly frustrated business community since U Kyaw Win has resigned as planning and finance minister. With economic reforms slowing and plummeting of investor confidence, the next office-holder needs to communicate the reform blueprint to the private sector, […]

Myanmar’s Planning and Finance Minister Submits Resignation

NAYPYITAW — Planning and Finance Minister U Kyaw Win has submitted his resignation to the president amid reports that he is being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Bureau of Special Investigation (BSI), sources close to the matter told The Irrawaddy. Since last week, news reports have circulated alleging that the minister and his […]

Waiting for change at Myanmar’s central bank

Myanmar’s central bank governor Kyaw Kyaw Maung has long been seen as an impediment to reform. But come July, he will be out and a new chief will be in, heralding, it is to be hoped, a new era of change Being a bank in Myanmar isn’t easy, with lenders of all sizes facing insuperable […]

Myanmar parliament elects Win Myint as new president

YANGON — Myanmar’s parliament on Wednesday elected Win Myint, the former speaker of the lower house, as the country’s new president, a move that may signal a more substantive role for the head of state compared with his figurehead predecessor. The parliamentary appointment of Win Myint followed the resignation of President Htin Kyaw last week. […]

Myanmar needs urgent reforms as economy’s in the woods

MYANMAR’S economy is still in the woods: The Aung San Suu Kyi-led government has delayed a long-awaited reform to allow foreign companies to purchase stakes of up to 35 per cent in local companies as business confidence has plummeted drastically, while jungle-style “ceasefire capitalism” flourishes in insurgency affected areas. To top it all, there are […]